I am a Senior Associate solicitor and have acted for clients in the field of serious injury for over 13 years.
I handle a wide range of serious injury cases. These include brain and spinal injuries, amputation and fatal accident claims. I also act for clients who have suffered complex orthopaedic injuries, including children and the elderly. I’ve also worked on professional negligence cases against other solicitors. These arise from badly handled personal injury claims.
I am part of the leading personal injury team in Manchester which has secured excellent results for many clients over the years.
"Very tough-minded and keen to achieve the best possible outcome for clients, with a great eye for detail." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"Excellent" - Legal 500, 2018/19
Matthew has "an excellent rapport with his clients" - Legal 500, 2017
"Sensitive to the needs of the wider family, who sometimes almost get ignored in the rush to make sure the client gets the right thing." - Chambers & Partners 2014
What Inspired You To Get Into Law
My interest in law came from my father's work as a GP, assisting in preparing regulatory or disciplinary cases for General Medical Council hearings. This and my interest in investigating cases led me to explore a career in law. Being keen to use my medical interest, when combined with a desire to help those who have been seriously injured, the result was a career in personal injury law.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role
The most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing the benefit to my clients that the law can provide when they have been seriously injured. This can be in the form of financial compensation, but mainly it is in seeing the positive effects rehabilitation can have after a life-changing injury. In one particular case, the appropriate rehabilitation allowed my brain injured client to transform his life as from what it was before I took over the case. He had been unwilling to speak to anyone by phone and a simple phone call from him towards the end of the case was one of my most rewarding moments.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I have been fortunate to work with a fantastic team for many years and have seen us grow as a department and an office into the leading personal injury team in Manchester. We have achieved many great results for our clients and when combined with the wider services that Irwin Mitchell can offer, I am confident that we can meet any client's needs, whatever situation they are in.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I am the proud father of a little girl who joined us in November 2017, so I don’t get much spare time anymore. I enjoy watching sport; I’m a season ticket holder at Bury FC and I follow Leeds Rhinos. I also enjoy travelling, and have been fortunate enough to visit many countries in Europe, several Pacific islands, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. I spend most weekends helping to look after our two horses, who seem to create endless work! I am also heavily involved in the running of Headway Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn & Ribble Valley, being appointed Treasurer in 2012.